Police in the South African capital fire rubber bullets and tear gas on protesters who had been staging an anti-immigrant demonstration and pelted vehicles and officers with rocks. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) South African police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Thursday (April 16), to disperse a crowd of anti-immigrant protesters in an eastern suburb of Johannesburg, the country's biggest commercial city. Around 200 protesters, shouting that they wanted immigrants to leave, had pelted passing vehicles and the police with rocks, triggering the show of force. At least four people have been killed in a wave of anti-immigrant violence that started two weeks ago in Durban, a key port on South Africa's Indian Ocean coast. Johannesburg was the epicenter of the 2008 xenophobic attacks that killed more than 60 people. In the suburb of Germiston, Somalis were loading goods from their shop under police protection. They feared it would be attacked and looted like so many others across the country in the past few days. South African President Jacob Zuma has called for the killings to stop, labeling the situation "unacceptable". South Africa has erected safe camps in the coastal city of Durban for fleeing immigrants whose shops were looted and burnt. South Africa, with a population of about 50 million, is home to an estimated 5 million immigrants, and its high jobless rate, widespread poverty and glaring income disparities make it a ripe candidate for outbreaks of anti-immigrant violence. Unemployment is officially around 25 percent but economists say in reality it is much higher.